The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

November 29, 2012

City looks at marina operations

CLINTON — Officials are debating the future direction of the Clinton marina. 

Specifically, whether operation and management should be handled through an outside contractor or if they should be brought in-house.  

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to inform current managers Skipper Marine Development (Skipper Buds) that they would not renew the current contract for another five years.

The contract runs through April 30, but boats start going in on April 1, by which time a new operator/manager would need to be in place.

The City Services Committee on Wednesday floated the idea of bringing management and operation in house by hiring a marina manager who would be a city employee.

Clinton Municipal Airport Manager Mike Nass attended the meeting to share the experience of his facility, which went through a similar change nine years ago.  Now, Nass, a city employee, reports to the airport commission in order to make sure he is doing a job the city is satisfied with.

“We had the marina operating up there, but who did they report to? I think that was part of the problem.” committee member John Rowland said.

However, an airport commission is required, while a marina commission is not, City Attorney Jeff Farwell said.

The committee also discussed using the method employed before: putting out a request for proposal on the operation and management for outside contractors and companies.  

“I believe we need this professionally managed by people in this business, not a do it yourself job again, because that just does not work,” committee member Bev Hermann said.

“This is a brand new marina, five years old...I think we would be making a big mistake if we took a step backwards.”

Farwell stated the city also could put out an RFP for marina operation and management and then draft a proposal itself to see how it compares to outside companies who submit proposals.  

Committee members discussed the need for changes to the most recent lease, job description and RFP in order to increase the accountability of whomever is chosen to run the marina.

While language from the current lease would be used in the future lease, more detail will be needed, officials stated.  

“There are a lot of words in this contract, but very few specifics,” Hermann said.

While they debated the best method for running the marina, they agreed the marina operator should be in charge of the RV Park and storage building.  

An RFP will be drafted for the committee to review at its next meeting.

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • photo-55.JPG UPDATE: 17-year-old fell, airlifted at Eagle Point Park (with VIDEO)

    A 17-year-old male was airlifted to Iowa City Monday afternoon after he fell approximately 80 feet from the bluff at Eagle Point Park. The male was not identified by authorities.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook